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Here’s everything you need to know about getting started with our Spoke Contributor Network and writing regularly for Red Tricycle.
Here’s the “Sign In” page. Make sure to bookmark it!
Totes! Shoot us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org with your old email and new email and we’ll take care of it on our end.
We’re looking for stories that fit into these three Storytelling Categories: Parenting Real Talk, Parenting Humor and Rockstar Parenting. (More info about each Storytelling Category can be found here.)
The stories that perform the best on the Spoke platform are those that offer compelling, engaging and raw honesty about what it’s like to be a parent today—and tell those stories in a way that doesn’t feel exclusionary, judgmental or pushy.
We do have a few guidelines for publishing on Spoke. Specifically, we won’t publish:
We don’t avoid controversy, but your essay must be judgement-free and productive. Our readers appreciate a good conversation, so we’re not looking for you to stand on a soapbox and preach. Invite conversation, use empathy and show compassion.
We don’t publish essays that add to the noise of a controversial topic and we’re definitely not a part of the mommy wars.
There’s no limit to the number of pieces you can submit. We may not publish them all at once, but we love getting your Spoke submissions and we promise to review all of them.
Yes, you are welcome to re-purpose or republish existing blog content that you own. If you have a piece that you published on your personal blog that you want to reach a wider audience, Spoke is perfect for that! The same goes for pieces you may have published on other publications. We WANT your unique voice!
Absolutely! Right now, the system will only accept one photo per story and we have a few photo guidelines.
Please use actual photos, not graphics or clip art. We require horizontal photos at least 1,000 pixels wide. We do not accept any photos with text on them.
Only use photos that are free to use and/or you have permission or rights to use. There are some stellar free photo resources online: Unsplash, Pexels, Pixabay, Burst (by Shopify), Raw Pixel, Kaboom Pics, Picography, FreeStocks and StockSnap and are all good places to start.
Yes. Any photo submitted via Spoke must include a credit to its photographer, its source (e.g., Jane Smith via Unsplash) and the link to the photo source (the actual image, not just the source site).
If you’re submitting a personal photo, please use your own name as the photographer and include a link back to your blog or website, if applicable. Our submission platform automatically formats your photo credits for you.
You can read your awesome articles—and all the other great Spoke content—on the Spoke Contributor Network page.
Our Spoke editors will do their best to touch your copy and photos as little as possible. We’ll tweak a headline, swap out a photo or make incremental changes to your story to really make it shine. We want to set you and your content up for success and sometimes this means editing (after all, that’s what we love AND are trained to do).
Shoot us an email at email@example.com and we’ll make the change(s) for you. If you have a bunch of edits, a document with track changes is the easiest for us to manage. Please remember that we’re a small team (there is literally one of us managing all of Spoke) so please triple check your work before submitting. Pretty please with a cherry on top!
Spoke Contributors have the chance for unique opportunities to work with our brand partners for influencer campaigns, many of which are compensated. Spoke Contributors have worked with major brands including Old Navy, Amazon, ClifBar and L.L.Bean in the past. We recruit for these brand opportunities via our Spoke Facebook group and Spoke email newsletter.
In addition, Red Tricycle reaches 20 million parents every month—that’s a ton of moms and dads reading your content through our website, in email newsletters and on social media. This many parents means traffic back to your blog or website. But don’t take our word for it…here’s what a few Spoke writers have to say:
Red Tricycle Spoke Contributors are eligible for $50 paid compensation when a post reaches 25,000 unique page views. Page views can be tracked via your Spoke profile. Click on “Manage Your Articles.” Page views are listed in the column labeled “UPVs.” Payment is made via PayPal after 30 days.
Here are some easy ways to get the MAX number of page views and get you closer to your goal. Before you know it, you’ll be a high roller!
Join our Spoke Facebook Group! You’ll find the latest Spoke news, examples of awesome stories and tips on what makes an article do well on social media. It’s also a space for you to talk to each other, share ideas and tell us what you’re writing about.
We love to share Spoke posts that are funny, unique and resonate with other parents. Keep an eye out for Spoke articles posted on the Red Tricycle homepage, in our national email newsletter, on our Facebook page and Twitter account. We do our best to promote almost every Spoke post across all of our platforms.
We want Spoke to be a great place for you to gain followers and meet other awesome writers and parents. All Spoke contributors will have a published bio, photo that includes links to their blog/website and social media accounts. You also get three hyperlinks at the end of each of your Spoke posts where you can include links back on your own blog posts or website.
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Have a question we didn’t answer? Send us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org!